Sunday, June 1, 2008

Three Berry Tiramisu

Recipe: Three Berry Tiramisu

I have a stack of recipes and a folder of photos which have yet to find their way into my writing. Today I am going to post a dessert recipe which I made this afternoon rather than add another scrap of paper to the stack.

Jack's birthday is next Sunday, but today we invited his mother over for his "birthday dinner" since the next week is going to be incredibly hectic. I've had difficulty concentrating on things lately, because there is a lot going on, and for some reason it skipped my mind entirely that I needed to plan a special dessert until last evening (imagine! me forgetting about dessert!!!). I did not want to go to the grocery store, so I limited myself to preparing a birthday-appropriate dessert with what I had on hand. I came up with a tiramisu-like treat which I was very happy with, and which Jack loved. Sometimes, things have a way of working themselves out! Or I'm just lucky...

I had a package of ladyfingers in the pantry, cream cheese (just a bit past its expiration date) in the fridge, frozen berries in the freezer. So I beat the cream cheese (actually, neufatchel cheese) until fluffy, added some sugar and vanilla, then folded in Cool Whip Light to lighten the texture. I dipped the ladyfingers in a mixture of the juices drained from the thawed berries and Amaretto, layered these with the cream cheese and berries, then sifted cocoa over the top. The result was a delicious, light dessert which would be perfect for a summer evening. Although I always try to use fresh fruit, you really need to use frozen as the juices from the berries are essential.

The entire preparation, less the time required to thaw the berries, was a mere 20 minutes. This needs to be refrigerated for at least 6 hours, though, for the flavors to blend and the cookies to soften.

Strips of pound cake would also work in this recipe in place of the ladyfingers. And the only change that I would make next time would be to add some toasted, sliced almonds sprinkled on top of each piece just before serving.

* Exported from MasterCook *

Three Berry Tiramisu

Recipe By : Vicci
Serving Size : 6
Preparation Time :0:20 + 6 hours refrigeration after prep

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 cup raspberries, frozen -- unsweetened
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen -- unsweetened
1/2 cup blackberries, frozen -- unsweetened
6 ounces neufchatel cheese -- softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Cool Whip Lite® -- thawed
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
3 tablespoons amaretto -- divided
18 whole ladyfinger cookies
1/4 cup cocoa powder

A few hours before starting, place the frozen berries in a colander set over a bowl to catch the juices (which will be used). When thawed, proceed with the recipe. The Cool Whip Lite should also be thawed and refrigerated, and the cream cheese softened and at room temperature, before beginning this recipe.

With an electric mixer on high, beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl for 2 minutes. Slowly add the sugar and the vanilla and beat for an additional minute. Fold in the Cool Whip with a spatula. Set aside.

Remove the colander from the bowl and set on a plate to catch any drips. Into the berry juices (there should be about 1/3 cup), stir 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar until dissolved. Add 2 tablespoons of Amaretto and stir.

Dip about 10 of the ladyfingers in the juice/Amaretto mixture and line a glass bowl. Spread 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture on top.

Sprinkle all of the thawed berries directly on top of the cream cheese.

Dip the remaining ladyfingers and arrange them on top of the berries. Using a pastry brush, cover the ladyfingers with the remaining tablespoon of Amaretto.

Spread the remaining cream cheese mixture over the ladyfingers and smooth. Sift the cocoa over the top. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

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Per serving: 349 Calories (kcal); 12g Total Fat; (30% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 52g Carbohydrate; 27mg Cholesterol; 189mg Sodium
Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fruit; 2 Fat; 2 Other Carbohydrates